This little ditty goes out to a super small brewing company in Benson, Nebraska; right outside of Omaha. And this will come with a terribly depressing story that ends with a happy ending and hummus. Free hummus that is.
I had a couple brews during my sit in here. One was called the Puddle Jumper so I’ll take a picture of this pint glass I bought!!!
Oh nevermind, I left my phone at my job because I’m a doorknob.
Speaking of being an idiot, here comes the heart-crushingly dumb story that lead me to this pub. I road tripped down to Omaha to visit one of my buddies. He’s trying to get me a job within the company he works for and since I’ve never been farther south than South Dakota on the road, I thought it would be fun to pick a weekend when a concert was going on in Omaha. I chose the Deafheaven and Intronaut show (Between the Buried and Me headlined but I’m not the biggest fan of them). Not only did I have plenty of time to get tickets weeks in advance, I called in an hour before to ask if they would sell out. “Yes, it will. It hasn’t yet, but it will”. So we grabbed a taxi ride that took well over an hour and took chances at the door instead of grabbing tickets online. DUR.
A few sad beers later at a bar across the street, we decided to test out another bar in the Benson area. Infusion was right next door and from the outside, reminded me a lot of the JL Beers atmosphere. We hopped in and snagged a spot at the bar. I looked to my left after grabbing a stout and noticed 3 metal looking dudes. “You think those guys played tonight?”, I asked my buddy since I have no idea what anyone in the bands look like. He said sure. I take after my dad and have to bother everyone within arms reach of me at the bar so I knudged the closest metal looking dude and asked him if he went to show.
"Well, we actually played tonight. I’m the drummer of Intronaut and those guys are from Deafheaven", he said as the two dudes from Deafheaven smiled, waved and left. I freaked out at the guy for Intronaut for a good 20 minutes because they shouldn’t have sold out (but I was happy for them) and got free hummus that all the guys couldn’t finish. Intronaut is going on tour as the Cloudkicker back-up band so I got into some nerdy details about that tour and promised I wouldn’t dick around long enough to let that opportunity pass up, especially since that’ll only be a once in a life time thing.
So he left. And I wasn’t drinking sad beers anymore. No, those sad beers turned into a happy beers. I grabbed a Joel, ate that hummus like nobody’s business, and left on my merry way back to the apartment to catch some shut eye before Spring forward devastated all our sleeping schedules.
Here’s a picture of the Joel Porter.
Picture is not mine and there are no crazy reviews for these beers since beeradvocate is slacking. Sorry, that’s usually my favorite part too.
Here’s the part where we collectively look at a beer review and go, “I didn’t comprehend any of that” together.
Riding the wave of tropical and citrus blends, Tallgrass brings a pep of complexity that’s usually reserved for imperial IPAs and applies them in standard American pale ale form.
But the beer’s confidence begins in its appearance. A bright a modestly hazed gold and amber coloration releases a frothy white head that’s both airy and fluffed. It’s cottony persistence laces the glass evenly and impressively.
Ripe red grapefruit and orange zest lead off the aromas. But shortly afterwards, the more rounded notes of pineapple, apricot, and lemons enter the equation. Without the malts making a specticle, they rather give a sweetness to implied fruit notes that makes them seem ripe and honey-dipped.
Those malty flavors coat the front of the tongue with a thin caramel sweetness that seems more honey-like at times than caramel. These more rounded flavors wrap around the hops and develop into a graham cracker-like dryness to finish. But first, a middle palate of hop flavor starts sharply and citrusy with those grapefruit and orange flavors. But as the beer traverses across the tongue, they develop savory sweet fruit flavors that are better found in tropical fruits: apricot, mango, pineapple, lemons, and even white grape and a mild winey taste to finish alongside the crackery malts.
Up ‘til now I feel like I have told the story of an IPA or an imperial version. But the body is super light and refreshing. Even to start, the beer’s creamy malts and carbonation play lightly on the palate. Even as it strives toward dryness, the bready textures turn cracker-like and balance the hops at every step. The bone-dry closure allows the hops to linger a bit longer in aftertaste, but mostly in its fruity taste and lesser so in bitterness.
8-Bit is a genuine and gracefull pale ale that is characterful enough to appease the most demanding hop heads, but also smooth enough to capture the taste buds of novices alike. I’d be happy to keep a six pack of these in my stable anytime.
-Some dude from kentucky on beeradvocate
This is a fantastic beer. Whether you’ve been drinking bitter for awhile or you want to start trying, this is a kickstarter. Not only is the beer good, the art design and creative work put into the outside appearance makes me giddy.
Whatever, it’s not a chocolate shake but you get the drift. I felt sexy.
Speaking of this photo and not entirely unrelated to beer, I was at a house party in college once in the city of Moorhead, Minnesota. I was on the couch talking to people when from the kitchen door, three fellas walk in Busch Lights in hand, and straws protruding from inside the cans. I’m not a courageous man, so someone stepped up and asked why in the hell they were drinking beer with their straws. The leader of the three stooges proudly exclaimed, “We read that it makes you drunk faster”. And again, I’m not a courageous man so I didn’t tell them to go somewhere else before they spread any derp to the party goers.
Now is the time for us to look at a beer review and collectively go “huh?”.
Appearance: Pours a very dark brown body with a thinnish, sandy-tan head. Slim, slick coat of lacing.
Smell: Strong chocolate aroma. Yeah, you could maybe try to glean other notes of what-have-you here and there, but it’s almost all chocolate here. Almost.
Taste: The flavor akin to chocolate syrup instantly grabs you, not surprising after the aroma. Coffee-edged roast soothed by the sweet chocolate quality. Incredibly low darkened malt astringency. Drying, roasty and still quite chocolaty on the smooth finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Overall: Solid, enjoyable. Even the 5.9% ABV is a likable feature. An almost personable chocolate brew. Almost.
-some guy from Georgia on beeradvocate
I don’t like chocolate as much as a normal person and that’s mostly all I taste. But somehow, there’s some redeeming Porter-ish taste that saves it all from coming off as a McDonald’s smoothie without the thickness.
Every Tuesday, I choose 3 or more albums to listen to for the upcoming week. I usually get through the albums once a day. Then I plan to make a massive archive of albums I listened to in my Spotify playlist. This will continue to happen until the day I die or go deaf. I’ll place each album in a playlist of their respective year of release. This weekly “Transition” post will be about how much I did or didn’t like the albums and what I have to look forward to next. Find my Spotify playlists on my user account, vheissu15.
Intronaut – Habitual Levitations
I have a “queue” playlist for albums that are predetermined selections to make my weekly playlist. I totally skipped over that list this week because I made a last second decision to go get my metal on in Omaha, Nebraska!!!! Intronaut is one of the openers and I realized I haven’t gotten to this album yet so it all worked it well. I just love how evil these guys sound. Joffrey would listen to Intronaut.
Deafheaven – Road to Judah
My buddy from Omaha is a pretty lonely dude. He moved there without knowing anyone for a job. So I’ve been looking at bands that are coming to town and Deafheaven was another familiar band on the list. Sunbather was a short listen I gave last year but I just revisited it yesterday and holy smokes, I’m ready to see these guys too! I’m sure it’ll be worth the 6 hour drive.
St. Vincent – St. Vincent
Wait, how did you get on this playlist?
Whatever, her hair is kinda metal. And I think I’m seeing her in April unless she sells out the place like she probably will.
Intronaut – Void
We have “void” stamps at my work and I work with a bunch of high schoolers. So I’m sick of the word void, especially seeing it on windows, my arms, random children, movie posters, concession items,… etc.
Cave In – Creative Eclipses (EP)
Husker Du – New Day Rising
Pupppppies (I liked Flip Your Wig more). Analysis complete.
Bob Dylan – Blonde on Blonde
Seriously, I need to find the picture of my mother in high school where her was the exact same as Dylan’s in the picture.
Mikal Cronin - MCII
Positive reviews from all around and I don’t have anything to different to say.
I had this on my ipod back in high school and I tried everything in my might to make sure my parents didn’t scroll through it. Who knows what the implications would be of them finding a song about weed.
First, I had to look up soba in order to see what we were dealing with. I thought I was about to gulp down a weird Japanese vegetable or spice that had no right being in a beer more than Rob Ford getting more spotlight on Jimmy Kimmel earlier tonight. But it ended up being a type of noodle. I’ll try an Asian noodle in my beer. Heck, Asian noodle foods are up towards my favorite 3 foods of all times. Especially when there are spicey things all over the noodles but again, spicey things need to stay away from my beer.
The part where we both read a review and go, “What the heck did I just read?”
Pours a murky light yellow-orange with a super foamy off-white head that settles to a thick cap on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and a fruity note. Taste is much the same with a grainy flavor on the finish. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a very high level of carbonation with an extremely crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer with a carbonation level that is not helping the aromas or flavors at all. - Some reviewer from California on beeradvocate
This beer tasted like a beer. I prefer beer to taste more like bitter beer and this was not bitter. And I also didn’t feel like I was eating at Hu Hot so I felt disappointed.
But it was still better than the chipotle beer that Rogue has because that was ucky and had spicey things in it.
This is only a recent purchase of mine thanks to a buddy of mine who has a better taste in 90s music than I ever did. It’s a good thing because I’ve been digging hard to find bands with female vocals that I like. This fits the category.
A fellow classmate of mine is running an incredible website for one of her classes. Although it is for class, I can tell she’s having a lot of fun with it and she SHOULD continue to keep doing it outside of her time in college. It’s that cool of an idea.
I got a nice little mention on one of her first post. It’s about the the best video I helped shoot (mainly due to my partner, Stephanie Barnhart) and the subject (THE INCREDIBLE Siri Manning).
The video is still an inspiration to myself; to help stay healthy and keep running away from everything that sucks and towards the things that are going to drive me to be the best possible human being that I can be.
One of the coolest moments of my college years involves a last second decision to go see Ryan Adams during finals week. Somehow, I didn’t work at the movie theatre and only had “studying” planned for the day and the day after that. Then I got a very random call from a friend that had an extra ticket and needed a partner to come down with him.
Evergreen did not play ‘Evergreen’ but he brought it, playing well over 25 songs. I can’t remember the exact count and I’m sure it’s online somewhere but I was blown away with all the material. The State Theater in Minneapolis was a thing of beauty too. The concert will go down as top 5 for me, easily.